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Super Bowl

As Sunday 12 draws closer, date in which the long-awaited Super Bowl LVII will be held, and Rihanna being the one chosen to lead this year’s already iconic Halftime Show, we’d like to recount a little bit on what we think are the best Super Bowl performances ever. Game on!



Prince Performs “Purple Rain” During Downpour | Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show | Author: YouTube – NFL Super Bowl

One of the most discussed halftime shows in Super Bowl history has got to be Prince’s appearance at Super Bowl XLI. 

The singer/songwriter performed a guitar-driven medley of his biggest hits, including the iconic “Purple Rain” and “Baby I’m a Star,” all in front of 93 million viewers. 

This iconic performance, which ironically happened while it was raining, cemented Prince’s status as a musical legend.

4. U2


U2 Performs “Beautiful Day” & More! | Super Bowl XXXVI Halftime Show | Author: YouTube – NFL Super Bowl

U2’s 2002 Super Bowl halftime show was a homage to the victims of the September 11th tragedy.

The band, led by music icon Bono, performed “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “Beautiful Day” with the names of the victims projected behind them.

More than a show, this turned out to be an emotional and impactful moment with over 95 million spectators tuning in to watch the tribute. 



Lady Gaga’s FULL Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show | Author: YouTube – NFL Super Bowl

Mother Monster’s 2017 Super Bowl halftime performance proved how flexibile of an artist she is, as well as her vocal range and her stage presence. 

Germanotta performed “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land” in front of more than 100 million viewers and on top of the stadium itself before throwing herself down to the stage as if she was flying! 

Her performance featured a medley of her best hits, including “Poker Face”, “Just Dance”, “Bad Romance” and her emotional balad “Million Reasons”.

Lady Gaga’s reputation as one of the all-time best halftime performers was solidified by this dynamic performance which ended with her catching a ball while jumping out of stage.



Madonna – 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show | Author: YouTube – Madonna

Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated presentations in Super Bowl history.

Madonna, the queen of pop, performed at the halftime show in 2012 which featured guest appearances by fellow singers  LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and CeeLo Green.

With 111 million viewers, Madonna brought her own energy and style to the stage. 

The queen delighted her fans by singing all-time-favorites like “Vogue”, “Music”, “Express Yourself” and a chorus-assisted rendition of her hit “Like a Prayer”.



Michael Jackson cambió la historia del espectáculo del medio tiempo en el Super Bowl XXVII | Author: ESPN

  • Michale Jackson’s 1993 Halftime Show performance: words are not even needed for this one.
  • Beyonce’s 2013 Halftime Show performance: which got Destiny’s Child back together.
  • Shakira & JLo’s 2020 Halftime Show performance: which featured global artist Bad Bunny and J Balvin, making it all a latino pride filled show.
  • Dr. Dre’s 2022 Halftime Show performance: which gathered rap icons Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Mrs. Mary J. Blige all in the same stage.



Katy Perry’s FULL Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show! | Feat. Missy Elliott & Lenny Kravitz | | Author: YouTube – NFL Super Bowl

With an estimated 115 million viewers, Katy Perry’s Super Bowl XLIX halftime concert was a pop extravaganza. 

This was, without a doubt, one of the most memorable Super Bowl halftime shows, not only due to its special effects, gigantic mechatronic tiger, and dancing sharks, but also thanks to the surprise artist who came on stage to sing along with Mrs. Perry. 

A rock version of her hit “I Kissed a Girl”, starring Lenny Kravitz, and Missy Elliott rapping her way across the stage to “Get Ur Freak On” / “Work It” were some of the fan-favorite highlights. 

The show came to an end with Katy flying through the sky on a shooting star all while singing her love-yourself-anthem “Firework”. 

Well, that’s a wrap! Do you agree with us? Let us know if you do or share with us who you think deserves the title of the best headliner! 

Stepping into the future, what songs would you like Rihanna to sing during her performance? Who do you think’s gonna perform on next year’s Super Bowl? Share all your thoughts with us through social media!  FacebookInstagram

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